Hwaet!

The Vercelli Book Saga

By Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Vercelli Book (Late 10th Century) by English scriptoriumFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

From the scriptorium to the smartphone

Manuscript CXVII is certainly the most famous book of Vercelli. From all over the world, every year, scholars and researchers contact the Capitulary Library to discover the secrets of this manuscript. We have made it the protagonist of a game, to download on cell phones and tablets.

Vercelli Book, musical notation (Last 10th Century) by ItalyFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

A medieval mistery

The Vercelli Book was created at the end of the 10th century. So many enigmas surrounding it: who wrote it, how did it arrive in Vercelli, why does it have runes? The answers to these questions are numerous, maybe none is correct. But on some of the "stories" of the Vercelli Book the Foundation has created "Hwaet! The Vercelli Book Saga": the Museum's first video game.

Location (2020) by CNR-ITDFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

The project

The idea was developed by the Foundation together with the Institute for Educational Technologies of the CNR of Palermo and Bepart, a company specialized in augmented reality. The team has created a game capable of broadcasting culture. To get excited about history and get in touch with the past, understanding it through virtual adventure.

Graphic (2021) by BepartFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Parallel multiverse

Between history, legend and virtual reality, the game is based on real knowledge and freedom of interpretation. Parallel universes linked to common heritage and the digital world. 

Sketch (2020) by Matteo Capobianco UFO5Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Sketches

The designs are unpublished. All the environments have been imagined harmonizing historical knowledge and playability needs.

Vercelli Book, detail, Italy, Last 10th Century, From the collection of: Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
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Sketch, Andrea Capone, 2021, From the collection of: Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
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Sketch, Andrea Capone, 2021, From the collection of: Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
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Sketch (2020) by Andrea CaponeFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

The protagonist

Eve is the nun who accompanies the player and becomes her/his virtual soul. Curious, courageous and intelligent, she is the one who follows and pursues the story. 

Location (2020) by CNR-ITDFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

The journey


 Eve meets different characters and from each of them she collects useful information for her journey. Someone tell her the past, others suggest her the next steps, many are mediators of the enigmas. 

Sketch (2020) by Andrea CaponeFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

The characters

All the characters in the game are freely inspired by men and women of the past, quoted from sources and studies, imagined in their real appearance. 

Sketch, Andrea Capone, 2021, From the collection of: Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
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Sketch, Andrea Capone, 2021, From the collection of: Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
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Sketch, Andrea Capone, 2020, From the collection of: Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
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Sketch, Andrea Capone, 2020, From the collection of: Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
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Sketch, Andrea Capone, 2020, From the collection of: Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
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Sketch (2020) by Andrea CaponeFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

The Mysteries

Among the characters, some reveal themselves as reflections of an even more ancient past and lead the player to even more distant worlds. 

Isometry, Matteo Capobianco UFO5, 2021, From the collection of: Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
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Isometry, CNR-ITD, 2021, From the collection of: Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
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Sketch, Andrea Capone, 2021, From the collection of: Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
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Vercelli Book, runes, Italy, Last 10th Century, From the collection of: Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare
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Location (2020) by CNR-ITDFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Interactions

As in the best adventure games, it is the player who decides with what characters to interact. Will you be able to make it to the end of this wonderful journey through history?

Video (2021) by Fondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio CapitolareFondazione Museo del Tesoro del Duomo e Archivio Capitolare

Credits: Story

Hwaet! The Vercelli Book Saga was created as part of the God save the nerd! Realtà aumentata al #mtdvercelli  sponsored by Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Vercelli, Deutsche Bank an realized with Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche - CNR, Palermo and Bepart

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